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We are excited to celebrate Women’s History Month with you! As an unprecedented alliance of 80+ women’s business organizations and hundreds of business leaders building a movement towards an equal position, pay, and power for all women in business, Women’s History Month is another opportunity for us to connect with those who share in WBC’s mission, vision, and commitment.

This month we will be collaborating with our champions, partners, supporters, and sponsors to highlight meaningful conversations around women with a focus on business and entrepreneurship through in-person events, social campaigns, and webinars, including a full day of programming for International Women’s Day on March 8th! We are excited to share and would love for you to join us. Please see our IWD programming below.



9:00 – 11:30 am: Enterprising Women Foundation – Young Entrepreneurs STEM Program Panel

Location: In-Person Panel

The Enterprising Women Foundation will host a Washington DC Young Enterprising Women Mentoring Forum at Bell Multicultural Center. The event, which is one of eight forums hosted in March and April by the EWF, is chaired by Enterprising Women Foundation National Co-Chairs.

Dr. Faye Coleman and Edie Fraser led by Monica Smiley, Founder and President of the Enterprising Women Foundation, a sister nonprofit to Enterprising Women magazine. Following the panel of women CEO leaders in STEM-based fields, 25 women leaders will provide small group mentoring to 150 high school girls who attend Bell Multicultural High School. The program concludes with a one-hour financial literacy program developed by Duke University and NOVA, with a grant provided by the Institute for Consumer Money Management (ICMM).


Moderator: Edie Fraser, CEO, WBC
Shiva Davoodpour, Owner and Principal, CID Engineering, Inc.

Dr. Velma Deleveaux, Managing Partner, Veaux Solutions, LLC
Stephanie Eidelman, CEO, iA institute
Theresa Harrison, President, George Street Services, Inc.
Dottie Li, Founder & CEO, Transpacific Communications
Dr. Gina Merritt, Principal, Northern Real Estate Urban Ventures
Dr. Nkem Okeke, President & CEO and Owner, Medicalincs
Ilene Rosenthal, CEO, Footsteps2Brilliance

12:00 – 2:00 pm: A Celebration of Women Cyber Governance Leaders

Location: In-Person Luncheon & Live Streamed

This lunch event showcases specific leaders in the WCGC cohort and offers an opportunity to celebrate their certification and leadership.

As the need for cyber expertise in the boardroom grows, director cybersecurity competency is required for board composition. WBC has amassed a cohort of 96 women who excel as experts in the domain of cybersecurity, leading to the creation of the Women Cyber Governance Collaborative (WCGC). WCGC is a partnership between WBC and DDN with sponsorship from the Gula Foundation. WCGC is a cohort of women with the capability to effectively govern the real and growing risks to organizations from cyber threats. The two panels will demonstrate how we can fill the demand for cyber expertise coming from business and accelerated by proposed SEC rule changes, which would require director cyber expertise disclosure. Please join WBC as we discuss these pressing issues with experts about how to equip and build out diverse cybersecurity leadership from the C-Suite to the Boardroom.

PANEL 1: Celebration of Women Cyber Governance Leaders

Opening Remarks: Edie Fraser (Lunch) CEO, WBC; Ana Dutra (Program Panels) CEO Mandala Global Advisors, WBC Board Director; Barbie Bigelow, CEO, Emerald Growth Partners LLC (Program Panels)
Moderator: Gwen K. Young, COO, WBC
Esther Aguilera, CEO, Latino Corporate Directors Association
Barbie Bigelow, CEO, Emerald Partners LLC
Theresa Harrison, President, George Street Services, Inc.

PANEL 2: Building Diverse Board Leadership

Moderator: Marta Ronquillo Newhart, Former CCO & Brand Officer, Westinghouse and Page Board of Trustees
Dr. Velma Deleveaux, Managing Partner, Veaux Solutions, LLC
Ozzie Gromada Meza, VP Member and Talent Services, Latino Corporate Directors Association

2:30 – 4:00 pm: Leading Corporate Purpose from Talent to Brand to Community

Location: In-Person Panel & Live Streamed

An hour and fifteen-minute long panel discussion focused on the role DEI plays in purpose from talent to brand to community. The panel is split into two 15-20 minute sections followed by a Q&A. The panels feature acclaimed entrepreneurs and corporate leaders driving purpose in their organizations.

PANEL 1: Corporate

Opening Remarks: Gwen K. Young, COO, WBC
Edie Fraser, CEO, WBC (Moderator)
Ann Addison, Chief Human Resources Officer, Northrop Grumman
Joanne Dowdell, Senior Vice President Global Government Affairs, News Corp
Lakshmi Eleswarpu, Global CIO, Sanofi
Dr. Rachel Talton, CEO, Synergy
Lynn White, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, Genworth

PANEL 2: Entrepreneurs

Sharon Reynolds, President & CEO, DevMar Products, LLC, WBC Board Director (Moderator)
DeLisa Guerrier, Co-Founder, Developer, Storyville Gardens
Kelly Kolar, President and Founder, Kolar Design
Dr. Gina Merritt, Principal, Northern Real Estate Urban Ventures (NREUV)
Dr. Annabelle Manalo-Morgan, Ph.D., Founder of Masaya Medical; Board Director and lead Scientific Officer of Flora Growth

Closing Remarks by Kimber Maderazzo, Director, Board of Directors, Synergy Life Sciences, WBC Advisory Council Co-Chair and Companies of Purpose Steering Committee and Dina Jadallah, Building Development Manager, Purcell Murray Company – WBC Advisory Council Co-Chair and Companies of Purpose Steering Committee

4:30 – 5:30 pm: Women Leading Law

Location: In-Person panel with a reception hosted by Paul Hastings & Live-Streamed

An hour long roundtable on the state of diversity, equity and inclusion across the legal profession. Leading representatives from the legal profession will talk about DEI and ESG work within the legal industry and the work they do with clients. They will discuss the role of DEI across the legal profession from the law firms to client and corporate work in DEI and ESG.

Opening Remarks: Gwen K. Young, COO, WBC
Moderator: Gerri Mason Hall, WBC Board Director, former VP Global Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, NetApp
Farah Bhatti, Shareholder/Partner, Buchalter
Heather Choi, Partner, Chief Diversity Officer, Baker Botts LLP
Tara Giunta, Partner, Paul Hastings
Karen Kaplowitz, Senior Advisor, Seramount, Best Law Firms for Women & Diversity Initiative
Honorable Chancellor I’Ashea L. Myles, of Chancery Court, Part III Davidson County, Former Construction & Business Attorney

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